January 29, 2016

NOTD: January 29, 2016

This dazzling gold mani is butter London The Old Bill. I used butter London Nail Foundation as my base, 2 coats of The Old Bill and topped it off with Orly Top2Bottom.

I like this one! I don't do gold/bronze manis often enough!

What colours do you need to incorporate more of?

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January 18, 2016

The Bay Mini Beauty Haul!

Recently The Bay had 10-20% off all make-up items, being the hoarder that I am, I couldn't resist!

L to R: Si Giorgio Armani, Always Red Elizabeth Arden, Clinique Cheek Pop in Heather Pop, Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar

As everyone is raving about Clinique Cheek Pops I had to try it out for myself! Not only is it the prettiest blush I own, it lasts long and I love the earth-tone pink of Heather Pop! Win!

Did you pick up anything from The Bay recently?

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January 16, 2016

NOTD: January 16, 2016

This bright pink mani is Sephora by OPI Access 24/7 (from this haul) with Wet N' Wild Party of Five Glitters (from this haul).

I used NYC Matte Me Crazy as the base, 2 coats of Access 24/7 (as the nail line is still visible, I easily could've done 3), 1 coat of Party of Five Glitters and topped it all off with Orly Top2Bottom.

A fun mani and I think the colours went well together!

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January 12, 2016

NOTD: January 12, 2016

This smokey purple NOTD is 3 coats of Eve Snow London Alter Ego (from this haul). I used butter London Nail Foundation as my base and topped it with Orly Top2Bottom.

When I bought this I thought it would be more opaque, I'm not a huge fan of having to layer and layer nail polish (and I don't have the patience!), but it is pretty.

Do you have any smokey purple polish?

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January 10, 2016

NOTD: January 10, 2016

This fun NOTD is OPI Strawberry Margarita and Essie Suite Retreat (from this haul). I used butter London Nail Foundation as the base, as Suite Retreat had me worried about staining with it's vibrant blue hue (it didn't!), 2 coats of each Suite Retreat and Strawberry Margarita, and topped it off with Orly Top2Bottom.

Perfect brighten your day mani!

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January 08, 2016

January Winners Haul!

A recent trip around Winners had me snatch up the following polish!

L to R: Barielle Autumn in Seoul, Barielle Rain in Spain, Barielle Jess' Champagne Toast, Barielle Midnight in Paris, Barielle Taupe Notch, and Eve Snow London Alter Ego

I look forward to trying out these two new-to-me brands!

Did you pick up anything in the after-Christmas sales?

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January 06, 2016

My Fav NOTD from 2015

Keeping up with the theme of reflecting on 2015, I wanted to pick out my top 10 fav NOTDs from 2015! Again in order from oldest to newest!

Sephora Formula X A+ with nails inc. Old Bond Street (original post). Spunky and fun!

Glam Polish Isengard (original post). Love the name, love the colour, and the holo is breathtaking!

Deborah Lippmann It's Raining Men with Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow (original post). Super classy and can't believe it's a one coater!

Anna Sui Minnie Mouse 300 Nail Colour N (original post). Cute and sweet!

Wet N' Wild Cosmopolitan with butter London Jack the Lad (original post). Surprising that this throwback drugstore polish goes so well with a high end one!

Arcane Lacquer Erudite Charm (original post). Love the name and the combination here!

Sephora by OPI All That Jasmine with Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams with Sephora by OPI Your Wish Is My Command (original post). A super summery skittlette NOTD, plus Your Wish Is My Command has to be one of my favourite colours!

Deborah Lippmann Through The Fire (original post). Classic and elegant. Love.

Color Club Lady Holiday with nails inc. George Street (original post). Color Club Lady Holiday makes the Fav list again! I just love this grey polish, so versatile and understated!

Seche Nostalgic with Julep Judi (original post). Another one-coater makes the list! Vampy purples (or really purples of any kind) are usually my fav once the weather gets cold!

More indies, more single colour NOTDs, more variety in brands! I think 2015 NOTDs were pretty diverse if I do say so myself!

What was your favourite NOTD for 2015?

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January 04, 2016

December Empties!

Seeing as I missed (oops!) the November post, this empties is a bit super-sized!

Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes Oil-Free: I've changed my tune on these wipes since this review. While I still like the Neutrogena wipes better (see below), these are reasonably effective and don't sting or leave oil behind. Will repurchase if in desperate need (ie when my hoard is wiped out) and these are on sale compared to the Neutrogena wipes.

Ducray Elution Shampoo: See review here. Literally the only way to keep my dandruff under control.

Bond No 9 I Love New York For All: From this haul. Sephora describes this fragrance as notes of bergamot, muguet, pepper, coco, coffee beans, creamy chestnut, patchouli, vanilla, leatherwood, and sandalwood. This is a unisex fragrance, and for me it's very obvious. It's muskier than something I would buy for myself, but I like the hint of vanilla and bergamot. However, I'm not a patchouli fan, or a sandalwood fan for that matter. Would not repurchase.

Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black: This is an oldie. While I didn't technically use it up fully, the last time I sharpened it a huge chunk was caught in the built in sharpener, so I can no longer sharpen, and I know this is well over the recommended 2 year life (I've had this since high school at least). This was a reasonably creamy pencil, not as nice as my tarte or Urban Decay liners, but it did the job and didn't smudge. Will not repurchase because I have at least 9 other black eyeliners already on the go.

Neutrogena Make-Up Removing Cleansing Wipes Night Calming: Still my favourite make up wipe! See review here.

Cetaphil Acne Principles Gentle Foaming Cleanser: I prefer the Oily Skin Cleanser version to this one, as the foaming formula was a touch drying. Will not repurchase but will stick to the original!

Bath and Body Works Watermelon Lemonade Deep Cleansing Hand Soap: BBW describes the fragrance as watermelon and freshly squeezed Meyer lemon. Love! Perfect for summer! Would definitely repurchase, and I love this formula which is more forgiving on dry hands than a foaming formula.

Ducray Squanorm Shampoo: See review here. Still love!

What products did you use up in 2015?

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